It’s a rare but aggressive disease – Gallbladder cancer. Many patients experiencing gallbladder issues are concerned that it may be a contributory risk to gallbladder cancer. The short answer is that gallbladder disease does not typically cause cancer, however extremely large gallstones have been shown to have a correlation with a higher incidence of gallbladder cancer. This is one of the reasons why we suggest not waiting to treat gallbladder disease and gallstones. It is also why we send the excised gallbladder to pathology after surgery – Just to make sure.
Being that the risk of gallbladder cancer is so low, it is important to cover the most common and problematic issues associated with gallbladder disease:
Many of our patients are confused when they find out that preoperative psychological testing and evaluation is a required part of our bariatric surgery program. You may be one of them. So, in this blog post, we want to explore why these preoperative tests are necessary and why you shouldn’t think that we think you’re crazy.
A preoperative psych evaluation is not only a required part of the bariatric surgery program here at Advanced Surgical Associates, but it is also a required prerequisite of insurance coverage for weight loss surgery. This is for good reason and a very simple reason – weight loss surgery will change your life in many ways that you may or may not expect. Let’s explore
There isn’t a dieter in the world that hasn’t experienced a weight loss plateau during their lifestyle change. This is no different for weight loss surgery patients. Weight loss plateaus usually occur a few months after surgery and can be especially frustrating for weight loss surgery patients because they will have seen incredible weight loss results over the past several months – then the number on the scale just stalls. While weight loss plateaus can be upsetting, they are also an important part of the postoperative learning cycle. Let’s explore plateau’s and how to manage them:
So, why do we plateau after such amazing weight loss?
Weight loss pills have always been part of a dieter’s consciousness. After trying diet, exercise, fad diets and more, many patients believe that medication or supplements to lose weight are a viable option. However, these drugs, while benefiting some, come with a long list drawbacks.
The dangers of weight loss medication supplements came to the forefront a few decades ago with the introduction and subsequent removal of fenfluramine/phentermine (fen-phen) from the weight loss market. While many patients showed excellent results, the risks of taking fen-phen were simply too high and ultimately the drug combination is no longer sold. To this day, memories of fen-phen have colored the medication-based weight loss market.
Advancements in bariatric surgery have yielded an unprecedented number of options for patients looking to improve or eliminate the diseases associated with morbid obesity and lose weight along the way. Each of the many weight loss surgery options present strong benefits and risks. Minimally invasive, non-surgical procedures such as the weight loss balloon may be appropriate for some patients, while a combination malabsorptive and restrictive procedure such as the gastric bypass may be appropriate for others. Following, we will briefly describe the ideal candidate for each procedure, however it is important to remember that the patient’s circumstance and their suitability for one surgery versus another can only be established during a consultation – This is purely a rough guide:
Anyone who has dieted knows that the first phase of weight loss is exciting and far easier than maintaining that weight loss over the long-term. There are both physical and psychological reasons for this phenomenon. The weight loss process after bariatric surgery is no different. Many patients hit the ground running right after surgery and lose a significant amount of weight for the first two years after their procedure. From that point onward, weight loss and weight maintenance become somewhat more difficult and some patients may even begin to regain some of the weight they lost. Indeed, for almost every procedure, five-year excess body weight loss numbers are lower than the two-year figures. Does that mean that, even with bariatric surgery, we are destined for failure? The short answer is no. Let’s explore:
In an effort to give you the most comprehensive answers to common questions and topics, we have updated this blog post which was originally published in 2012. In this update, we will explore the nuances of hernia surgery – about when a patient can reasonably wait to have hernia surgery and alternately when they should have it as soon as possible. Of course, every situation is unique and a consultation with qualified surgeons such as those at ASA is the best first course of action.
There are many types of hernia – inguinal, femoral, incisional, umbilical, hiatal and more – each with their own set of complexities. The one commonality between them is that many of these hernias can start as very minor, causing minimal pain and discomfort. The fact that hernias can seem so benign offers a false sense of security. The thinking is that since there is little or no pain, the hernia is fine and doesn’t need repair.
Every patient is concerned about the risks of gallbladder surgery, but there has also been a good amount of information disseminated to the public that simply does not jive with reality. One of these is the idea is that somehow you will inevitably gain weight after your gallbladder surgery.
There is little definitive data to suggest that all patients that undergo gallbladder surgery will gain weight after their procedure.1,2 And there is no real medical or scientific basis to support this. However, if you have done research online, you’ll likely find many articles and forums dedicated to those who have gained weight after gallbladder surgery. To understand why this weight gain may occur, we need to explore one of the most basic signs and symptoms of gallbladder disease – extreme reactions to certain foods.
Exercise represents a huge part of any weight loss program – Bariatric surgery or not. However, one of the most frustrating parts of exercise is that most of us do not lose any weight in the first several months – In fact many of us will actually gain weight during that period. This can be an extremely frustrating and demoralizing issue and it often leads to quitting a successful exercise program.
Before we go any further, it is important to understand that this weight gain is normal, expected and actually very healthy with one very notable exception. Exercise triggers hunger and it does so because the body requires calories to maintain muscle mass. As we diet, our bodies may actually consume muscle mass so we need more calories to prevent that. This is the basic reason behind why most heavy weightlifters are very strong but not necessarily thin, while those with the “chiseled” abs may not necessarily be very strong. So, please remember that if you find yourself eating quite a bit – maybe even too much – after your workout, your calorie consumption may need to be addressed to match your goals.
New Year’s resolutions will likely be in the forefront of your mind over the next few months. And while we often don’t follow through with every resolution, starting afresh at the beginning of the year is a great way to eliminate the frustrations that we’ve had in our weight loss journey thus far. It also allows us to look forward to new and exciting developments and possibilities in the new year. Many of our patients cite a desire to improve their diet and exercise regimens as the most important New Year’s resolution. And with that, many of you may wonder if it is better to focus on diet or exercise. The answer is both, for different reasons.